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Case Studies of Strategic Alliances in U.S. Beef Production


  • Gillespie, Jeffrey M.
  • Bu, Angel
  • Boucher, Robert W.
  • Choi, Won-Jun


Calf marketing, commercial beef carcass, and natural/implant-free beef strategic alliances were examined via case study to determine alliance structure and whether each addressed risk, transaction costs, capital availability, and other concerns. All alliances were structured differently through vertical or horizontal coordination, and each had been established within the past 12 years. Alliance administrators reported that an advantage to cow-calf producers was higher cattle prices received relative to producers outside the alliances. The alliances reduced transaction costs and increased information flow among segments. Alliances did not specifically address risk or increased access to capital for technology adoption or expansion purposes.

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  • Gillespie, Jeffrey M. & Bu, Angel & Boucher, Robert W. & Choi, Won-Jun, 2006. "Case Studies of Strategic Alliances in U.S. Beef Production," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 24(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:62278

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    1. Vanek, Joseph K. & Watts, Myles J. & Brester, Gary W., 2008. "Carcass Quality and Genetic Selection in the Beef Industry," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 33(3), December.
    2. McLeod, Elizabeth & Jensen, Kimberly & Griffith, Andrew & Lewis, Karen, 2017. "Tennessee Beef Producers' Willingness to Participate in a Tennessee Branded Beef Program," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252649, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.


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